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Goodbye Mr. Germ


Published 1940


This film courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

DIRECTOR: Edgar Ulmer. SPONSOR: The National Tuberculosis Association

PRODUCTION: DeFernes Studios. CAMERA: Joseph Noble. ANIMATION: H.L. Roberts SETTINGS: Stanley Levick. EDITOR: Hans Mandl. CAST: James Kirkwood. NARA ARC Identifier: 98577

Geared towards very young children and featuring the brilliant animation of H.L. Roberts, the film takes place one dreary, rainy evening at home. John and Mary, desperate for their father to take them to the movies, tease him about his old-fashioned attachment to his science books and mock his interest in an image of the tubercle bacillus. This sends their father into a strange and, to the children, deeply engaging scientific reverie. What if, he wonders, we could talk to this fascinating germ? What story would it tell? The animation involves an invention called a “germ radio,” a convenient conceit that allows “Tee Bee” (who is, perhaps, a bit too adorable) to tell his own story. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.


Run time 14:33
Producer DeFernes Studios
Production Company DeFernes Studios
Sponsor The National Tuberculosis Association
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2015
Subject: Yay! it's Mr. Germ!
Edgar Ullner is at it again with the TB films.. This time it's a children's film about it! The film opens up with a dad and their two kids, the kids want to know what Dad is reading, and the dad, who repetitiously keeps poking junior in the stomach with his pipe, says it's about TB! The kids say wouldnt it be great if the TB germ could talk, and dad says "yessssss..." and from there of course, we're in fantasy land where a scientist, who has FAR too many animals in his lab, talks to a TB germ (actually animated of course). Pretty engaging, and for sure will keep the kids entertained.
Reviewer: Vic Demise - favoritefavorite - January 12, 2011
Subject: Informative/Weird
Most of this info is still pretty valid.
The film itself is very stilted and awkward.
The doctor character is rather creepy in a sweet sort of way. Probably not the guy you'd want to leave your children with for any extended period of time. I like old films like this- They show where we were at and help us to understand how we got to here. So, in conclusion, educational, a bit weird, and definitely one for the vaults.
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